Hi Ron,

I just wanted to say kudos on the great article in PRB (Game Changers, June 2013)!

Nikki Sopchak, AICP


Parks and Community Services Department

Planning and Resource Management Division

Fort Worth, Texas


Word On The Web

On “When School Goes In, Seasonal Help Goes Out” Aug. 9 Week-Ender blog:

The staff at the East Goshen Township Youth Recreation Camp is wonderful. I have known these kids since they were enrolled in camp- most since first grade. All of them became volunteers and then were chosen as paid staff.

They are intelligent, dependable, conscientious, loyal, hard-working, and most come back until they graduate college. Some become teachers who continue spending summers with us—a great situation. I am a very lucky recreation director.

Frank Vattilano

East Goshen Township, Penn.

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Great article, Randy! We truly appreciate all of our seasonal staff who kick it just as hard as our year-round folks who keep our programs and facilities moving here in Hutto, Texas!

Mike Hemker


City of Hutto Parks & Recreation Department

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Town Of Babylon, N.Y. Gets New Spray Ground, Pavilion

Cheered on by hundreds of gathered children and families, the town of Babylon opened a new pavilion and 14,400-square-foot spray playground at Geiger Lake Memorial Park.

The one-story, 2,500-square-foot pavilion with a 1,400-square-foot veranda houses a concession stand, a ticket window, an office, public bathrooms, and a pump and filter room for the spray park.

The spray ground’s 25 play elements include a bridge, three large water slides, multiple water cannons, a rope climb net, bucket water dumps, and a large spider and snake water play feature equipped with several twisting and spiraling slides. There is also a water play area for smaller children. The total capacity of re-circulated and treated water supplied to the play features is approximately 1,600 gallons per minute.

The project team included general contractor Stalco Construction; construction manager, site surveyor, spray park designer, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and civil engineer Sidney B. Bowne & Son; and pavilion architect Keller Sandgren Architects (KSA).  The Town of Babylon’s in-house landscaping team developed the landscape design.


Field Notes

Redexim Turf Products recently hired Chris Hilmes of Aviston, Ill. He has worked in the turf business for more than 15 years. Before joining Redexim, Hilmes was in sales with Erb Turf Equipment, and prior to his days in sales, Chris managed production crews and satellite branches for local and national landscape management companies.

The Turfgrass Group (TTG) has redesigned its website at . The new site has increased functionality and a complete list of all producers who are licensed and certified to grow TTG’s grasses. The site also offers tips for professionals installing high-quality turf on golf courses or sports fields.


Full Field Recycling A Reality

Dalton, Ga.—AstroTurf announces it is the first vertically integrated manufacturer to fully recycle turf fields. When a field is being replaced, specialized machinery removes the infill. The entire field is then cut into manageable strips, rolled up, and shipped to the company’s recycling facilities. There the rolls are ground up, melted into pellets, and re-extruded into new plastics. Any element of the field that can be recycled is—including the backing, secondary coating, tall pile polyethylene fibers, and the nylon RootZone. Post-consumer uses for synthetic turf include pallets and other industrial applications. For more information, visit .


Outdoor Box Lacrosse Tournament A Success

Sport Resource Group hosted its first Box-Out Lacrosse tournament in July at Yale University’s Reese Stadium. It featured five portable ProWall systems with 30-minute games of 5 on 5. Typically called "box" lacrosse when the sport is played outdoors with walls, Yale University Mens Lacrosse Coach Andy Shay had the idea to place numerous ProWall Rink Systems side-by-side in order to have several teams and games playing at once. For details on future tournament dates and locations, visit .


Trail Markers And Educational Posters Available

Tread Lightly! now offers trail markers and educational posters for placement on existing trail signs and kiosks at state parks, wildlife management areas, OHV trailheads, federal campground and recreation areas. The trail markers and posters offer land managers the ability to promote consistent, responsible recreation messaging across all boundaries and areas of recreation. Order them at .


Inclusive Fitness Equipment Standards Approved By ASTM

Two new ASTM International standards will provide specifications for fitness equipment that will be accessible to users of all abilities, including those with disabilities—ASTM F3021, Specification for Universal Design of Fitness Equipment for Inclusive Use by Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments, and ASTM F3022, Test Method for Evaluating the Universal Design of Fitness Equipment for Inclusive Use by Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities, including physical, sensory and cognitive. ASTM F3021 and ASTM F3022 will be used to ensure the development and use of fitness equipment that meets the goals of the ADA.

For more information, visit .




5-7 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Columbus, Ga.

17-21 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Chattanooga, Tenn.

25- 26 Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Montville, Conn.--Mohegan Sun Hotel & Convention Center;


6-10 American Sports Builders Association Annual Technical Meeting, San Antonio, Texas;



7-9 Northern New England Recreation & Parks Conference, Bartlett, N.H—Attitash Summit Hotel;

13-16 Mid America Pool & Spa Show, Schaumburg, Ill.—Schaumburg Convention Center;

Bryan BuchkoComment